Bangkok has always been a gay-friendly city, but last weekend it was a little more homo-fabulous than usual. This was because the City of Angels was playing host to Asia’s biggest ever international conference of LGBT activists: the 5th ILGA Asia Conference. >>>
There's an air of triumph in the air, given that this is the biggest international LGBT meeting in Asia in history (about 200 participants - they ran out of name tags!), and the fact that ILGA Asia is finally re-convening after the disastrous events of Surabaya 2010, when extremists stormed the host hotel before the meeting even got underway.
The 5th ILGA Asia Conference's opening plenary featured keynote speeches from Gloria Careaga and Renato Sabbadini, ILGA Co-secretaries General, Ms. Anjana Suvarnanada of Anjaree and Mr. Kittinun Dharamadhaj, president of Rainbow Sky Association Thailand. Also present during the opening ceremony is Dr. Taejing Siripanich, Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand.